JSerra Baits Audiences with “The Mousetrap”

the-mousetrap1Cappies review: ‘The Mousetrap’

“Three blind mice, three blind mice. See how they run, see how they run.” The nursery rhyme takes on a much darker meaning in “The Mousetrap” than good old Mother Goose intended.

People, not mice run for their lives in JSerra Catholic High School’s ode to the classic show.

Since opening in 1952 in London’s West End, Agatha Christie’s mystery thriller has been entertaining audiences for sixty years. With more than 23,000 performances, it is the longest running show of all time.

Despite its longevity, the show has kept its allure of mystery. It keeps its twist ending a secret from all but those who have seen it, by keeping the show out of print. Audience members get to enjoy it for all it is worth when they see it for the first time.

As authentic as the costume and make-up designs are, the true success of a show depends on the actors’ performances and this cast does not disappoint.

The bright-eyed Mollie Ralston (Kallin Zahren) plays her part admirably through her believable sentimentality toward the chaotic Christopher Wren (Ryan Najjar) and her loud cries into the second act.

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He’s here! He’s here! Conrad Birdie is here!

By Ann Forster, JSerra English Teacher & Shakespeare Expert

Donna Convertino and her dedicated cast and crew have produced an outstanding rendition of Michael Stewart’s “Bye Bye Birdie”.

After countless hours of rehearsal, vocal coaching, and preparation, the highly-talented students of the JSerra Theatre Department are dazzling on stage at the Camino Real Playhouse in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

Standout performances include Brendan Lank as Albert Peterson, Giana Meaglia as Rosie Alvarez, Sharon Tengolics as Mae Peterson and Troy Janikowski as Conrad Birdie.

Shows run May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7 p.m. and May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Cashier’s office-students/seniors/military $12 and adults $15.

Come on down and “put on a happy face.”